Landscape Architecture & Horticulture Faculty

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Landscape Architecture & Horticulture Faculty

  • Associate Professor and Program Head of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Sasha W. Eisenman, PhD

    • Contact: eisenman@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 267-468-8168
    • Room Number: Ambler Campus, Dixon Hall 101
    • Sasha Eisenman is a botanist and horticulturist with a diverse portfolio of research projects. Currently, his primary area of research is on the survival, health and ecophysiological responses of plants in green infrastructure systems (tree trenches, bioswales and rain gardens). 

      In addition to green infrastructure, his other areas of research are Central Asian medicinal plants, rare and endangered plant species, the history of botany and horticulture, botanical nomenclature and pollination biology in the genus Salvia L. 

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  • pauline hurley kurtz
    Associate Professor and Curricular Head of Landscape Architecture

    Pauline Hurley-Kurtz, MLA, RLA, ASLA

    • Contact: phurleyk@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 267-468-8187
    • Room Number: Ambler Campus, Dixon Hall 207
    • Pauline Hurley-Kurtz is a registered landscape architect with expertise in the design of memorials and healing gardens. She was the design landscape architect for the award winning Irish Great Hunger Memorial, a garden of remembrance that includes elements of the Irish and Piedmont landscapes in Philadelphia. Hurley-Kurtz led the design and installation of the Ernesta Ballard Healing Garden in the Ambler Arboretum of Temple University, which includes a labyrinth, meadow, woodland edge and a series of rain gardens.
       

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  • Assistant Professor of Instruction of Landscape Architecture

    Kate Benisek, MALD, MLA, ASLA

    • Contact: kate.benisek@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 267-468-8186
    • Room Number: Ambler Campus, Dixon 206 and Main Campus, Architecture 213
    • Kate Benisek is a landscape architect, civic ecologist and urban horticulturist. Kate is an environmental educator who teaches undergraduate courses offered as part of the General Education program, undergraduate design studio courses and the graduate-level "Wetland/Riparian Design Studio."
       

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  • rob kuper
    Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

    Rob Kuper, PLA

    • Website:https://sites.temple.edu/rkuper/
    • Contact: rkuper@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 267-468-8179
    • Room Number: Ambler Campus, Bright Hall 101B
    • Rob Kuper, a licensed landscape architect, has co-directed design-build studio course projects that have received over 30 awards. In urban open space design and landscape engineering courses, Rob emphasizes clear communication, rational justification, critical inquiry and low or no energy and carbon emissions.
       

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  • Baldev Lamba
    Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture

    Baldev Lamba, MLA, RLA, ASLA

    • Website:www.lambaassociates.wordpress.com
    • Contact: blamba@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 267-337-3195
    • Room Number: Ambler Campus, Dixon Hall 107
    • Baldev Lamba has more than three decades of experience working as an Architect and Landscape Architect in India, the Middle East and the United States. Lamba’s award-winning projects include the First Ladies Water Garden on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; the Campus Design Competition in India; Hansell Park in Buckingham, PA; and the Philadelphia Horticultural Society’s Pop-Up Garden in Philadelphia, PA.

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  • michael  olszewski
    Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

    Michael Olszewski, PhD

    • Contact: michael.walter.olszewski@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 267-468-8182
    • Room Number: Ambler Campus, Dixon Hall 205
    • Michael Olszewski is an expert in horticultural substrates and seed germination. He has practiced as both a plant biologist and scientist before joining Temple’s faculty. 

      His extensive research has generated several publications, including entries in the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science, HortScience, HortTechnology, Journal of Environmental Horticulture, Seed Science & Technology, Compost Science and Utilization, and Horticulture, Environment and Biotechnology (HEB). He is a member of the American Society for Horticultural Science.

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  • Professor of Landscape Architecture

    Lolly Tai, PhD, RLA, FASLA

    • Website:https://sites.temple.edu/lollytai/
    • Contact: lollytai@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 267-468-8189
    • Room Number: Ambler Campus, Dixon Hall 105
    • Lolly Tai is a licensed landscape architect whose work is focused on sustainable landscape design. Tai’s experience includes a wide range of landscape architectural design projects of varying scope and scales. She incorporates innovative technologies of best management practices, green infrastructure and forward-looking strategies into her classroom projects. Tai’s courses include design studios, research design methods, computer graphics, materials and methods of construction and site engineering.
       

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  • Adjunct Professor

    Cynthia Ahern

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    Vincent Aloyo

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    Jeremy Avellino

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    Joni Baumgarten

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    Thomas Bilotta

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    Darrell Campana

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    Tracey Cohen

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    Michael Coll

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    Anthony Croasdale

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    Mark Gallagher

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    Andrew Hayes

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    Erik Karlsson

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    Michael LoFurno

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    Sarah Miller

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    Amita Mohan

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    Susan Mrugal

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    Kevin Reis

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    Lisa Roman

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    Will Ryan

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    Margaret Schofield

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    Kevin Selger

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    Priscilla Shaffer

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    Nathan Shampine

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    Donna Shumpert

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    Erin Smith

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    Sharee Solow

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    Stephen Souza

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    Derek Suomi

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    Ken Tomczuk

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    Nicholas Upmeyer

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    Carter VanDyke

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    Judy Venonsky

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    Robert Wells

  • Adjunct Professor

    Brent Whiting

  • mary myers
    Professor Emeritus

    Mary Myers, PhD, RLA, ASLA

    • Contact: mary.myers@temple.edu
    • Phone Number: 267-468-8173
    • Room Number: Dixon Hall 107
    • President 2005-2006, Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture
      Ph.D, Heriot Watt University/Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland
      MLA, Harvard University
      BSLA, University of Wisconsin
      AA, Finch College
      Licensed Landscape Architect: NC, NY
       

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